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Is eating a bat eaten fruit a source of rabies? Is it true that the virus may survive only when transferred to a living animal?

Is eating a bat eaten fruit a source of rabies? Is it true that the virus may survive only when transferred to a living animal?

Rabies: The mechanism of transmission you asked about is very unlikely. The most common method is by the transfer of infected saliva by the bite of a rabid animal. A second means for the transfer of rabies is through the ingestion of infected meat from an infected animal. The virus needs an animal host for survival. ...Read more

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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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From India,my eyes came dangerously close to a bat at night 4 days ago.I ducked but am very scared about Nipah virus. I have good antirabies titres.

From India,my eyes came dangerously close to a bat at night 4 days ago.I ducked but am very scared about Nipah virus. I have good antirabies titres.

Your question?: So if there's no contact with the bat then, just let by gones be by gones. In other words--- good job having cat like reflexes which saved you from bat like scares! All good. ...Read more

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From India.I live in urban city are but bats fly around me and have come close flying in the nights.I am scared about contracting Nipah virus.Pls help?

From India.I live in urban city are but bats fly around me and have come close flying in the nights.I am scared about contracting Nipah virus.Pls help?

Bats: This paramyxovirus causes encephalitis, as does the lyssavirus that causes rabies. There is no vaccine for the first, but there is for the second. If you stay away from food that may have been contaminated with Nipah virus (raw date palm sap, etc.), and avoid contact with infected people you should be safe. If you are overly concerned with rabies you can be vaccinated. ...Read more

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What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

What U.S. states have cases of cyclospora virus?

Cyclospora: Cyclospora is a single-celled parasite that causes an intestinal infection. As of mid 2014, cyclospora outbreaks have been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York (and New York City), Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington. ...Read more

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How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

How did the ebola virus start? How did it get into the U.S.?

Ebola Virus: Ebola is a filovirus (Filoviridae). The genomic fossils of filoviruse family that impact mammals have likely existed tens of millions of years. Viruses mutate over time. The first recognized Ebola outbreak was in 1976. Some individuals who became infected by Ebola in Africa traveled to the US - there by leading to US cases. ...Read more

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Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Has their ever been a case of someone having the ebola virus in the u.S.?!?!

Ebola: Regarding current Ebola outbreak you are probably now aware that a man who had direct contact with Ebola traveled from Nigeria to Dallas, Texas - developing Ebola sx's 5 days after arrival in the US. The CDC is monitoring each of the man's contacts for 21 days. Two missionaries were also evacuated from Africa to the US for treatment prior to that. The Reston virus (mutated Ebola Virus) found in ...Read more

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Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact ?

Is of possible for anyone in the u.S. To contract the ebola virus from just day to day contact ?

Ebola Virus: Transmission is from someone who has signs of active infection via contact wi blood or bodily fluids or through contact wi contaminated objects. According to the World Health Organization – Ebola can be spread through body fluids such as sweat, blood, saliva, urine and stool. As of4 OCT 2014 - there were 3 cases treated in the US - so the odd's would be miniscule. ...Read more

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